Destination Truth

Season 1 Episode 1

Iguanodon and Ri Mermaid

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 06, 2007 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

A dinosaur-like beast, the Iguanodon, and a mermaid-like sea creature, the Ri, are investigated in Papua New Guinea.

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  • The first episode was very,very exciting!!!. Specially the mermaid part.

    The trip to Papua New Guinea was very,very exciting. I really,really thought they're gonna find a mermaid because they find out the guy who burried the mermaid and he can show to the crew the spot where he burried the mermaid. And I thought if this is true or not?. So Josh and the whole crew investigate. They dig the spot where the guy burried the mermaid. And thats's what I like about the show, they investigate and ask people to find the truth behind these stories in this case the "mermaid". But they didn't find the mermaid or the remnants. But that's alright for me because if they didn't even find the guy who burried the mermaid or digged the spot where he burried it, I would think that there is a mermaid in Papua New Guinea. More power to the show and keep it up!!!!..I mean it!!!moreless
  • Very entertaining!

    Exactly what I said, very entertaining! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. In this episode, they went searching for what locals called a "dinosaur" in Paupa New Guinea and in the second half, they went searching for rumors of a "mermaid" who has been seen swimming in a coral reef, just off the coast. Both of these segments were entertaining enough, to keep me glued to the screen. Although they didn't find any proof to confirm these wild tales, the adventurse were exciting enough to keep me wanting more. The first episode probably established this show as a "regular" for Sci-Fi, and sure enough, made me a regular watchermoreless
  • This show has to be the best in the whole world.

    This episode will be the best in it he hunts done a dinasour which he goes on a hunt for in the middle of the night. He is there and he sees something and he follows but the place becomes to swampy and he must go back to base.Then when he waits for the results on the video he goes after the re mermaid. Some people say that they baried it but it wasnt there. Then he talks to a guy who thinks he saw the mermaid in the morning so he goes on the hunt for it in a place near austrailia.moreless
Dr Andrew Engilis

Dr Andrew Engilis


Guest Star

Eric Wing

Eric Wing

Lead Researcher

Recurring Role

Neil Mandt

Neil Mandt


Recurring Role

Lindsay Gillette

Lindsay Gillette

Tech Support

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: The team says that the so-called "Iguanodon" that they are seeking in Papua New Guinea has taken numerous animals from the local village, and they use a chicken to draw it to them. However, the Jurassic Period Iguanodon dinosaur was a herbivore, and would not show any interest in these animals as food.

    • Also Appearing:
      Dr Linus Digimrina - Anthropology Professor, Papua New Guinea University
      Albert Buanga - Mayor, Tinganavudu

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Josh: (after spitting out a Buai nut) Spring break, Papua New Guinea.

    • Josh: So the only way to get to Papua New Guinea's version of Jurassic Park is by flying to the small town of Kavieng, driving down the unpaved dirt roads along the coast of New Britain and finally taking banana boats equipped with engines, as much power as a lawnmower, across the open sea during monsoon season, in times like this I think flying coach isn't so bad.

    • Josh: Luckily, what happens in Tinganuvudu stays in Tinganuvudu.

    • Josh: (seeing something coming out of the water on the horizon) Tell me that's not a mermaid.
      Neil: I think it's a log.
      Josh: You may think it's a log, but I know, as an expert, that that is a mermaid. (Neil seems dubious) How many mermaids have you seen in your life?
      Neil: (after a long pause) None.
      Josh: Well, you've just seen one.

    • Josh: (preparing to cross from one island to another) Our guide suggested we wait 'til dawn to launch across the ocean so we could at least see any trouble coming- which is exactly what you want to hear when getting into a boat without a life preserver!

    • Josh: (listening to the "dolphin ear" for any sign of mermaids) If you were to hear a mermaid, what you do you, what do you think they would sound like?
      Hank: (with obvious uncertainty) Well...
      Eric: Sounds like a whale call.
      Hank: Yeah. I think it would sound more like a dolphin.
      Josh: How do you tell that it's not a whale, then? If it sounds like a whale call? (Lindsay starts singing like Ariel from Disney's "The Little Mermaid")
      Josh: There you go, yeah!

    • Josh: Look, I can't say with any sort of certainty that we had a run-in with a dinosaur out there. But it is safe to say that we had a close encounter with a large animal of some sort out in the forest, possibly something not previously catalogued to live in that region. Iguanodon? I don't know. Big, scary creature thrashing trees around, very close to me? Yes!

    • Josh: (voice-over) I've done many crazy things in my life: base jumping, climbing mountains, taking a first date to Showgirls. So when faced with a militia of bounty hunters armed with machetes and pistols, I made the executive decision any brave leader would. (speaking to his team) Let's go. (they turn around and leave)

  • NOTES (2)

    • The search for the Iguanodon at Papua New Guinea is one of the only ones that included an armed guard for the team's defense should they run into the legendary creature reputed to live in the jungles there.

    • This episode is listed under the title "Iguanodon and Ri" at Syfy's official Destination Truth website.


    • Josh: If you're like me, the first thing that pops into your mind when someone mentions a mermaid is either Daryl Hannah or a cartoon musical featuring a talking crab with a Jamaican accent.

      Josh is referring to the Daryl Hannah film Splash and the Disney film The Little Mermaid.

    • Josh: This is like the end of Cast Away.
      Cast Away is the 2000 Tom Hanks movie about a man who is marooned on a desert island in the South Pacific who eventually builds a boat and makes a precarious trip over the open ocean to get back to civilization. Josh also mentions "Wilson, a volleyball I had met and become friends with", which is a direct reference to the ball "Wilson" Tom Hanks' character talks to while stranded on his island.